Scripture Verse

Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Introduction

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John Bowring
1792–1872
National Portrait Gallery

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Words: John Bow­ring, Ma­tins and Ves­pers 1823.

Music: St. Bo­ni­face (Barn­by) Jo­seph Barn­by (1838–1896) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Joseph Barnby
1838–1896

Lyrics

How sweetly flowed the Gos­pel’s sound
From lips of gentleness and grace,
While listening thousands gathered round,
And joy and gladness filled the place!

From Heav’n He came—of Heav’n He spoke,
To Hea­ven He led His followers’ way;
Dark clouds of gloomy night He broke,
Unveiling an immortal day.

Come, wanderers, to My Fa­ther’s home;
Come, all ye weary ones, and rest!

Yes, sacred Teacher—we will come,
Obey Thee—love Thee, and be blest!

Decay, then, tenements of dust!
Pillars of earthly pride, decay!
A nobler mansion waits the just,
And Je­sus has prepared the way.